Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Remembering Actor Alan Thicke of "Growing Pains"...

It is such shocking news to hear and share - actor Alan Thicke has passed away. He had been playing hockey with his son and suffered a heart attack on December 13, 2016 in Burbank, California.

Alan Thicke - Hallmark Crown Media's 'Stop the Wedding'

Alan Thicke is best known to TV viewers all around the world, as Dr. Jason Seaver, the father from the 80's sitcom series "Growing Pains," with co-stars Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, and Jeremy Miller. Like many of you, I watched this show every week with my family... we never missed it, all the fun family antics, comedy, love stories, and normal teen behavior which always made great entertainment!

Alan Thicke with the "Growing Pains" cast via ABC

Alan Thicke had an extensive career on and off the screen, as actor, producer, and music composer, including the TV theme songs to "Different Strokes" and "Facts of Life."

He also starred in several Hallmark movies, including: 'Let it Snow' with Candace Cameron Bure, 'A Cookie Cutter Christmas' with Erin Krakow, and most recently, with Rachel Boston and Niall Matter in 'Stop the Wedding.'

There is an out-pouring of statements and comments on social media from Actors & Performers who knew Alan Thicke, including:

Kirk Cameron: "I spent Monday through Friday for seven important years with Alan Thicke as my "TV dad." I'm shocked and truly heartbroken today at the news of his death. Alan was a generous, kind and loving man. I am so blessed to have grown up with him. Chelsea and I send our love and prayers to his family tonight. We will cherish the memories… "sharing the laughter and love."

"Growing Pains" - Kirk Cameron and Alan Thicke

Candace Cameron Bure: "I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. My heart hurts."

Alan Thicke and Candace Cameron Bure
Hallmark Crown Media - "Let it Snow"

Rachel Boston: "This photo was taken on Sunday, but I didn't know I was saying goodbye. Your spirit was so bright... #AlanThicke 🙏🏻❤️"

image via Rachel Boston's Twitter

Hallmark Crown Media - "Stop the Wedding"

Lori Loughlin: "I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan."

Alyssa Milano: "Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace."

Ian Ziering: "So saddened here @Alan_Thicke has passed. He was a consummate gentleman and all around great guy. RIP dear friend."

Scot Foley: "I just learned of my friend @Alan_Thicke passing. Our familys were together not that long ago...I owe you an email. Rest In Peace pal."

Mario Lopez: "Pleasure to have known you sir… #RIP #AlanThicke "

Sarah Michelle Gellar: "I grew up loving #AlanThicke, and #factsoflife and #differentstrokes theme songs were my childhood jams #RIPAlanThicke "

Marilu Henner: "What is it w/2016? Now #AlanThicke? Just saw him looking as charming, handsome & gracious as always! And maybe the funniest guy EVER! So sad"

Leah Remini: "Just heard of Alan Thicke's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him this year. He was such a talent and good guy. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace."

William Shatneer: "Saddened over the loss of my friend Alan. Condolences to his family."

And, so many more... you can see here.

Alan Thicke - Hallmark Crown Media

To see Alan Thicke's complete biography and career, please visit his imdb page.

My heart and prayers go out to all the dear family and friends of Alan Thicke. God bless them all.


  1. Thank you for putting up the tribute, Net! It's nice to see how beloved he was.


  2. Sherry In CaliforniaWednesday, December 14, 2016

    This has been an absolutely terrible year in terms of losing beloved, iconic TV stars and musicians. It's hard to believe how many people we all grew up watching or listening to have passed on in this one year.

    I was completely stunned to learn of this news yesterday. Alan didn't seem sick. He didn't seem "old." He seemed like he was as vibrant and vital as ever, not to mention being quite prolific in television.

    I had seen a couple of photos from the Christmas party that Rachel Boston and Alicia Witt attended together in Malibu -- just 3 short days ago -- but Rachel had not yet posted the photo with Alan Thicke (shown above) until last night, so I had no idea he was with them at the party. I was so surprised when she posted it. I can understand why she is so shaken by it now -- she had no idea that she was saying goodbye.

    Alan and Jesse Hutch (who also posted some touching thoughts about Alan on his Instagram page) did another movie together in the summer called "Otherwise Engaged." They worked together a few times, but that was the most recent project. At the time it was filming I deduced that it was not a Hallmark movie, but I wondered if it would end up on ION, UP, PixL or some other network -- or possibly go straight to DVD. There is still no sense of where it's going, but I hope it's somewhere we can watch it.

    I had been hoping Alan would end up in one of this year's new Christmas movies as a surprise cast member that we never 'caught' in the photos from production. But seeing that he has not made any surprise appearances in this year's new movies, nor has he appeared in any of the photos from the upcoming Winterfest and Countdown to Valentine's Day movies for Hallmark, sadly, I think that "Stop the Wedding" was the last new Hallmark movie Alan was able to make. He was always fun to watch, no matter which movie or TV show he was in.

  3. Thank you for sharing this; I had not heard the sad news. Loved him in Growing Pains.

  4. Oh, Net, my heart is so sad over the passing of Alan Thicke. I'm going to miss his wit and talent and was so looking forward to see more of him in upcoming Hallmark movies. May God bless and bring comfort to his family and friends.


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